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An easy drive south of San Francisco, Santa Cruz County's small-town charm and idyllic beach communities offer the quintessential California vacation. Santa Cruz County is easily accessible by car via Highway 17 through the Santa Cruz Mountains, or California's scenic Highway 1. Santa Cruz County is served directly by bus. The nearest major airport is San Jose International Airport, 30 miles northeast of Santa Cruz. The nearest train depot is also located in San Jose. San Francisco International Airport is approximately 60 miles north of Santa Cruz.

Once you arrive, car-rentals and a comfortable public transportation system provided by the Santa Cruz Metropolitan Transit District make your adventures in the county a little more accessible. Cruz511 is a service of the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission designed to be a one-stop shop for transportation users as well as a go-to place for information about emergencies that impact the transportation system. Travelers will find information on best routes, places to lock your bike, even places to charge your electric car!

Click here to view a map of Santa Cruz County or click here to download a printable version of the map.


San Francisco International Airport
Phone: 800.435.9736
806 South Airport Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94128
Driving Directions

SFO is your airport of choice when visiting the Bay Area or when you want to make easy connections to Europe, South America, the Pacific Rim and great cities throughout North America. SFO. Good to go. Open 24/7.

San Jose Mineta-San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Phone: 408.392.3600
1701 Airport Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95110
Driving Directions

Other Transportation & Visitor Information

Airport Shuttle Service
Early Bird Airport Shuttle
4525 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz
Phone: 831.462.3933
Fax: 831.462.6946
Private door-to-door airport transportation. Exclusive, reliable, professional and safe. Operates 24 hours a day! Internet Wi-fi. Open daily for reservations, 9am - 6pm

Parking Information
City of Santa Cruz parking information, electric car charging, bike lockers and more...

Local Bus Service
Highway 17 Express: San Jose to Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
Catch the Santa Cruz Metro's Highway 17 Express at San Jose's Diridion Station. Leaves numerous times daily. For bus schedules, visit:

Road Conditions

For current road conditions, call the CalTrans (California Department of Transportation), (800) 427-ROAD. Or visit:

Highway 1
Highway 9
Highway 17
Highway 129
Highway 152

Weather and Road Information

National Weather Service/Monterey
(831) 656-1725

Best Western Plus Capitola-By-the-Sea

Near beach, shops & quaint Capitola/Soquel Village

Capitola Hotel

Steps to the beach, in heart of Capitola Village

Chaminade Resort & Spa

Mission-style resort overlooking the Monterey Bay.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Santa Cruz

New Hotel Close to UC Santa Cruz breathtaking view

In This Section

303 Water Street, Suite 100
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
800.833.3494 or 831.425.1234